Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, fragrant flowers, shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Iris cristata var. albaAlso known as:
dwarf crested iris,
Iris cristata, Neubeckia cristata
At only about 6" tall, Iris cristata var. alba is a very low iris, but high on charm. Beautiful crested, or bearded, 3" white flowers are nestled among the arching leaf blades in spring. It is native to southern and mid-western wooded uplands. This species is identical to the Iris cristata, expect for its white color. This is a natural occurring variation of the species. For the map of native range, please refer to the map on the Iris cristata page.
Ideal in part shade, the dwarf crested iris does well in average to acidic soil. Too rich a soil will lead to foliage over growth. Like most irises, it does not like to have "wet feet". It will readily colonize. May bloom from March to May. Zones 5-7
Best propagated by root division in fall, when the leaves start dying back, but may also be propagated from seed. Seeds need to be sowed while fresh and may take up to 3 years to produce a blooming plant.
The dwarf crested iris is an ideal plant for shade gardens, where it will attract hummingbirds and bees. The crested, or bearded, flowers make it easy to distinguish from the Iris verna which has a similar native range.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MD, PA
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